A large old residence overlooking Cork Harbour is several properties in one, writes Gráinne McGuinness.
Discerning buyers on the lookout in east Cork have the chance to pick up a spacious 19th century home overlooking Cork Harbour near Cobh for a significant discount.
Having been listed for €1.2m in November 2017, Carrigrhu House in Cuskinny has now returned to market with Savills, who are guiding the home at €895,000.
The five-bedroom house, which was built in 1880 and is in perfect condition, is surrounded by landscaped gardens and comes with approximately 5.5 acres of land. Estate agent Michael O’Donovan of Savills believes it is a very reasonable price for what the purchase includes.
“I think €895,000 is a fair ask with what is coming with it,” he said. “It is a good period house, the next person doesn’t need to do anything to it, and then there is the land.
“It is maybe a trading-up option for someone looking for a bit of land for horses or something like that. If you have an equestrian mindset this is an opportunity to have them on your own grounds.”
But you don’t have to be horsy to appreciate the grounds, the mature trees and gardens which give the property an air of peace and tranquility, while still allowing for stunning views over Cork estuary to the east and the harbour to the south.
The eastern aspect includes the Cuskinny marsh, home to an array of wildlife and birdlife. The nature reserve has for years been the venue for RTÉ’s Dawn Chorus, presented by Derek Mooney.
As Mr O’Donovan points out, the rustic setting and silence belies the fact that you are a few minutes from Cobh by car and only a 20-minute drive from the heart of Cork city centre.
He believes the home would also suit someone relocating to the east Cork area; new owners would be moving into a home with a colourful place in local history.
Carrigrhu House was built by the Aldworth family and played host to high society in the area, particularly while it was the base of Colonel and Lady Mary Aldworth. Many decades later, in the 1970s, it was said to have been a commune for free-love followers of an Indian guru.
Carrigrhu House has been the home of a Swiss family for more than 25 years, and has been well maintained and improved by them over the years. Works carried out include re-plumbing, re-wiring, installation of new floors and partial re-roofing. A new kitchen and two new bathrooms have also been installed.
Effort has been made not to lose the period feel of the residence, which has retained most original features, as well as parquet flooring, ceiling plasterwork and sash windows.
The ground floor includes an interconnecting lounge/ drawing room which benefits from two large bay windows and doors that provide direct access into the grounds, a bright kitchen/breakfast room, large guest bathroom and utility room.
Making your way up the gradual staircase you will find five double bedrooms, one of which is en-suite, and a main bathroom.
The house comes with another bonus for any family in need of a granny flat or independent space for an au pair or student. The ground floor provides a self-contained one-bedroom apartment that is attached to the main house and can be accessed internally and externally. The grounds are also home to a detached garage with mezzanine, courtyard area and a south-facing seating area.
VERDICT: Oceans of space and potential in a picturesque period setting.
Carrigrhu House, Cuskinny, Cobh
Size: 340 sq m (3659 sq ft)